February 10, 2014

NEWS: Joint Statement from Jennifer Lawrence, Suzanne Collins & 'Mockingjay' Crew About Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Lionsgate has already released a statement about the unexpected death of Philip Seymour Hoffman and now a joint statement from Jennifer Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and John Kilik on behalf of the whole Mockingjay cast and crew has also been released.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
Lionsgate has already confirmed that PSH finished filming most of his scenes in the Mockingjay films except for one emotional scene that he was scheduled to film a few days before his death. THR is reporting that:
Lionsgate insiders say the late Philip Seymour Hoffman had one major, emotional scene left to film in the final installment of the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, but they express confidence that filmmakers can complete the movie in a way that will satisfy fans. 
“We’re all extraordinarily sad,” a Lionsgate executive tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
Asked to expand on the crucial scene that remains to be shot, this executive responded, “Why would I want to give people something to look for two years from now?” The final film in the series is set for release in November 2015.
The report also says that the filmmakers are planning on digitally replicating PSH on the film.

A source with ties to the project said that with the exception of one major scene in the final film, “they seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated” to complete both pictures without Hoffman. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” this observer said.

Rob Legato, a veteran effects supervisor whose latest credit is The Wolf of Wall Street, says he has no specific knowledge about the Hunger Games films but at this point, technology is most likely good enough to generate a convincing image of Hoffman, though some scenes might need to be rewritten. “These days the technology of using someone’s likeness is a whole lot easier to do,” he said. “I won’t say you could generate a Philip Seymour Hoffman with all the acting ability, but you could certainly replicate him for a shot or two.”


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